During Governor Mark Dayton’s Year of Water Action, the Water Resources Center convened a series of Water Science and Policy Salons to identify policy strategies that will provide significant movement towards meeting the goals put forth in the Minnesota Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Participants in the Salons were some of the best minds in agriculture research, economics, policy, and agribusiness. Their objective was to develop scientifically-based strategies that would have measurable and meaningful impact on water for the long term, while protecting and strengthening the agricultural economy by leveraging existing agricultural markets and institutions and developing new markets that support clean water. The priorities identified were presented to Governor Dayton to consider to meet his announced goal of a 25% improvement in water quality by 2025.
Commissioned by the 2009 Minnesota State Legislature, this comprehensive framework presents recommendations to protect and preserve Minnesota's lakes, rivers and ground water for the 21st century and beyond.